BEIJING’S NEW IDEA: A LOYAL OPPOSITION

  Posted:  Sept. 14, 2015   All things considered, Beijing has taken the rejection of its August 31, 2014 political reform directive rather well. Polemical temper tantrums have singled out individual targets like the Occupy Central leaders, student...

A WIN FOR ACADEMIC AUTONOMY … ?

  Posted:  Aug. 31, 2015   It was just a year ago that the Occupy Central movement began and thousands of protesters defied police orders to clear the streets. There was much anxious speculation about how determined the Hong Kong government and Beijing would...

2047: INTO FOCUS AT LAST

  Posted:  Aug. 13, 2015   Throughout the long tedious arguments that continued for the past two years …   about universal suffrage elections for the Chief Executive in 2017, for the Legislative Council in 2020, and the preliminaries in 2016  … no one wanted...

OFF TO A BAD START

  Posted:  July 30, 2015   Hong Kong’s much maligned Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, made an announcement last week that might have passed as no more than a mid-term cabinet reshuffle ahead of the summer recess.   Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing...

IS 8.31 REALLY WRITTEN IN STONE?

  Posted:  July 21, 2015   Yes and no.  Yes, because Beijing said repeatedly that its August 31, 2014 decision on Hong Kong’s current political reform cycle could not be changed in any way, shape, or form, and it wasn’t.  Beijing never budged despite...